Already as a child, Nataly was involved in two films made for the German official television ARD & ZDF. These films were documentary pieces focusing on how children can learn to ski. Nataly was about 4 years of age at that time. More under BIO
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Deepawali or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It's the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that's marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.The Origin of Diwali Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an important harvest festival. However, there are various legends pointing to the origin of Diwali or 'Deepawali.' Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. Whereas in Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day. In Jainism, Deepawali has an added significance to the great event of Lord Mahavira attaining the eternal bliss of nirvana. Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers.
The Significance of Lights & FirecrackersAll the simple rituals of Diwali have a significance and a story to tell. The illumination of homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity. According to one belief, the sound of fire-crackers are an indication of the joy of the people living on earth, making the gods aware of their plentiful state. Still another possible reason has a more scientific basis: the fumes produced by the crackers kill a lot of insects and mosquitoes, found in plenty after the rains.
The Tradition of GamblingThe tradition of gambling on Diwali also has a legend behind it. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva, and she decreed that whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the ensuing year. Diwali is associated with wealth and prosperity in many ways, and the festival of 'Dhanteras' ('dhan' = wealth; 'teras' = 13th) is celebrated two days before the festival of lights.
From Darkness Unto Light...In each legend, myth and story of Deepawali lies the significance of the victory of good over evil; and it is with each Deepawali and the lights that illuminate our homes and hearts, that this simple truth finds new reason and hope. From darkness unto light — the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity. During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope. Diwali is celebrated around the globe. Outside India, it is more than a Hindu festival, it's a celebration of South-Asian identities. If you are away from the sights and sounds of Diwali, light a diya, sit quietly, shut your eyes, withdraw the senses, concentrate on this supreme light and illuminate the soul.
This is probably the most amazing thing I learned all weekend. The Amazon rainforest—with all its plant and animal life, and all its astounding biodiversity—could not exist as we know it without the patch of African desert pictured above.The rainforest is amazing, but the soil it produces isn't very nutrient rich. All the minerals and nutrients that fertilize the rainforest have to come from someplace else. Specifically: Africa. Scientists have known for a while that this natural fertilizer is crossing the Atlantic in the form of dust storms, but science writer Colin Schultz ran across a 2006 paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters that not only produces evidence for a much larger trans-oceanic transfer of dust than was previously assumed ... it also pinpoints the exact (and astoundingly small) location where all the fertilizer in the Amazon is coming from.The research paper, itself, is pleasantly readable, as far as these things go, so I'm going to quote directly from it. One quick note before I launch into this quote. The authors are measuring the mass of the dust in teragrams (or Tg). As you're trying to wrap your head around this, it might be helpful to know that 1 Tg = 1 million tons.A total of 140 (± 40) Tg is deposited in the Atlantic ocean and 50 (± 15) Tg reach and fertilize the Amazon basin. This is four times an older estimate, explaining a paradox regarding the source of nutrients to the Amazon forest. Swap et al suggested that while the source for minerals and nutrients in the Amazon is the dust from Africa, it was estimated that only 13 Tg of dust per year actually arrive in the Amazon. However, they pointed out that 50 Tg are needed to balance the Amazon nutrient budget.Here we show a remarkable arrangement in nature in which the mineral dust arriving at the Amazon basin from the Sahara actually originates from a single source of only ~ 0.5% of the size of the Amazon: the Bodélé depression. Located northeast of Lake Chad (17°N, 18°E) near the northern border of the Sahel, it is known to be the most vigorous source for dust over the entire globe.Basically, these 2006 calculations account for all the fertilization needs of the Amazon, while previous calculations left a weird gap in between the amount of dust the rainforest needed and the amount the scientists thought was getting there.Also: The place the dust is coming from is a single, highly specific region. As Alexis Madrigal pointed out at The Atlantic, we're talking about a patch of desert only 1/3 the size of Florida supplying the nutrient needs of a jungle that is roughly the same size as all 48 contiguous United States. Mind, blown.
By Maggie Koerth-Baker
Going to Basel during the art fair is like battling a multi-headed Hydra. It’s the biggest, potentially most daunting international art event of the year. You may not be able to do it all – but you might as well die of alcohol poisoning while trying. Indeed Basel is, like many international art fairs, biennials and events – a massive party attended by every international arts professional at the helm, or in the galley, and every minor and major art celeb you should know, or could know too well after a few drinks at the infamous nightly party at the Kunsthalle. Follow a few simple rules included below and next year’s fair could be as successful and enjoyable a siege as mine was this time around. Overall this year’s fair did not fail to impress (nor overwhelm) and was scattered with some very interesting and beautiful works: oldies but goodies and quite a number of newbies that have now begun to ping on my radar.
Art Basel itself is an amalgamated cluster of expositions – various sections across multiple buildings and locations (Art Galleries, Art Unlimited, Art Statements, Art Parcours, etc). The VIP previews of the fair itself were extended over three days this year, but by art world law, the earlier you can get in, the better. Start with the multi-pronged ‘Big Basel’ but don’t forget about the peripheral satellite fairs and Basel’s fantastic museums.
Art Unlimited takes place in Hall 1, where each booth is dedicated to a singular artist. Philip-Lorca diCorcia showed a seemingly endless collection of tiny Polaroid photographs, each one as impressively interesting and magical as the last. Also making an impact in perpetuity, were rows and rows of photographs of partially eaten round bread by Jitish Kallat. The cratered roti crescents represented changing lunar cycles, memorializing the artist’s father by touchingly recreating every moon of every night he lived. Ragnar Kjartansson showed a number of hilarious canvases, a series of painted self-portraits in his skivvies usually involving piles of beer bottles or the effects thereof. Each of the 144 works was painted in sequence for every day of the Venice Biennale. Also, a video by Tony Morgan called Resurrection showed the ‘life-cycle’ of a steak in reverse. Starting with each bite exiting the mouth of a man, the steak continues to be uncooked on a stove, uncarved from a hanging butcher’s carcass and finally the film climaxes with the un-demise of the poor cow who magically comes back to life. Nina Beier’s work, Tragedy, was the first work I have seen of its kind: a dog performance piece. Yes, dog. Delightfully absurd, a trained dog would be formally escorted to the booth and instructed to ‘play dead’ on a spotlighted oriental rug for several minutes, melodramatically performing its own demise. Other favorites included an awe-inspiring monumental canvas by Rudolf Stingel, and copper works by Walead Beshty performatively hand-marked over time by art handlers, the hidden heroes of the art world.
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is a great chance to see how fashion legends are created. The fabrics, unique designs and the fact that those gowns are one of a kind make this fashion week even more unique and full with fun.
Check out some of the best moments from the catwalk of Paris Haute Couture.
Christian Dior – Simons Gets Back to the Roots
Sharon Stone, Isabelle Huppert and Marion Cotillard were all front row, while Raf Simons presented his first Couture collection as Dior’s chief designer. Though stepping into John Galliano’s shoes is not a simple task, Simons managed to meet the high expectations and presented a wonderful couture collection. According to Simons’ vision, the mansion in which the show took place was covered with fresh flowers and contained an amazing atmosphere....
The age of Google Goggles will soon be upon us. The search giant has brought the future of the internet into sharp focus - by revealing a revolutionary new wearable, spectacle-like devices called Google Glass.
The glasses overlay the internet on the surface of the spectacles, allowing wearers to keep an eye on important new items like emails, tweets and facebook updates - but also allowing them to send images that they are seeing to their followers online.
The impressive device - called Glass - was unveiled by Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the company’s annual developers conference in the US. He demonstrated the glasses’ amazing ability by allowing skydivers to live stream the images they were seeing as they jumped from an airship before landing on the roof of the San Francisco convention center....
An Englishman on the Touraine Featured
It all began with falling in love. Love, as novelists often have it, normally leads to heartbreak, despair, and general baying at the moon. In my case, love led to castles and cuisine. La belle Lulu, the (then) future Madame Sadler, was from the Loire Valley, from the Touraine, the garden of France.
Wooing Lulu involved a culinary apprenticeship.
I stayed in her parents’ lovely little house with heart-shaped shutters and a wisteria arbour on the fringe of Tours, 240km south-west of Paris. Lulu’s sisters (three of them) put the Pommy suitor to the test. For breakfast they fed me local delicacies, starting with an andouillette grillée. A morning encounter with a French chitterling sausage can be unnerving to the uninitiated. The sausage exudes a perfume reminiscent of the nether regions of a rugby scrum 10 minutes from the end of the match.
This was the beginning of a morning ritual....
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CEO Tim Cook announced the all-new iPad and Apple TV at a San Francisco media event today. iPad The new iPad starting at $539, will be available on the March 16 and available by pre-order online today, boasting a Retina 1080p display, a quad core A5X chip, iSight camera, 1080p video recording, voice dictation and 4G LTE. Apple introduced the tablet ‘iPad’, choosing not to brand the new model as ‘HD’ or ’3′ as many expected, citing it as a sign of the “post-PC world”. “We think that the iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world,” CEO Tim Cook said. “We’ve sold almost 15.5 million iPads last quarter alone. We sold more iPads in the last quarter alone than any PC manufacturer sold in their entire line.” The momentum behind iPad has been incredible, with 15.4 million units sold last quarter alone. With over 100 rival tablets on the market last year, Apple sold more iPads last quarter than any PC manufacturer sold worldwide. Cook took the time to show his companies dominance, referring to a demonstration of a Samsung Galaxy tablet running Yelp. “You can see it’s pretty basic,” Tim Cook said. “It kind of looks like a blown up smartphone app. That’s because it’s exactly what it is.” The iPad’s new Retina Display is crystal clear at 2048 x 1536 pixels, over 3.1 million pixels more than any other mobile device. Australia’s limited 4G networks will need an upgrade to support the iPad’s next-generation wireless 4G LTE connections, but the iPad supports fast 3G HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA networking. The new iPad Personal hotspot feature allows users to connect multiple devices to the iPads data connection and act as a modem. The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white $539 for the 16GB model, $649 for the 32GB model and $759 for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G will be available for $679 for the 16GB model, $789 for the 32GB model and $899 for the 64GB model. The new iPad adds HSPA+ with a max downlink of 21 Mbps, dual carrier HSDPA with a max of 42 Mbps, and LTE with a max of 73 Mbps download. The featured-packed iPad includes an iSight camera and a FaceTime camera on the front of the device. “As you know, on the front of our iPad we have a FaceTime camera. The new iPad has a great rear iSight camera — we brought the optics system from the iPhone 4S,” Cook said. iSight boasts auto exposure, autofocus, auto face detection and edge-to-edge sharpness. The new camera features HD video recording at 1080p resolution, and with the upgraded iMovie, users are able to capture, arrange, edit and publish movies from the same device in an easy-to-use format. The new iPad, measuring 9.4mm in thickness, delivers the same 10 hours of battery life as iPad 2; on 4G it will last 9 hours. The new model also includes voice dictation according to Cook. “Of course, we have our great software keyboard. We have a new key on the bottom — just tap it, speak into your iPad and it’ll dictate what you have to say.” Apple has also updated GarageBand and iMovie, bringing an array of new tools. GarageBand adds smart strings joins smart guitars, smart keyboards and smart drums. iCloud will now keep songs on all devices with better sharing features. But the standout feature is ‘Jam Session’, where four iPads can play together to create a new song over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. GarageBand update is available today. iMovie, also has a new feature. Now, not only can you create a movie, but also a movie trailer. Select from styles and templates, and you get a simple interface for creating your trailer. Fill out your outline, your movie studio name, director and tap on your Storyboard, which shows you exactly which shots you need. The music is included in the templates. iMovie is $4.99 and available today. Apple has announced a photo browsing and editing application for the iPad, a revamped iPhoto. iPhoto has great new browsing, new ways to edit with Multi-Touch editing, professional-quality effects, brushes for applying those effects, and Photo Beaming – to let you beam high resolution photos between your devices. “With iPhoto for iOS, we had the opportunity to reinvent it and take advantage of multi-touch and take it to a whole new level,” Apple’s Phil Schiller announced. iPhoto’s Shelves shows you all the photos on your device in a nifty photo-viewing feature. Users are able to arrange photos in columns, flag photos, view images side-by-side and upload images to social networking sites or via email. iPhoto also enables users to edit photos. Users are able to alter the images colours, adjust lighting levels, and crop images with Multi-Touch. The $5.49 app is now available on the App Store. The iPad is available for pre-order today at the Apple website. Apple TV Apple unveiled the third generation of the Apple TV along side the new iPad, while the outside looks the same; the new ATV has had a hardware upgrade. Capable of streaming 1080p HD the new model has had a complete UI overhaul with a software update and now appears similar to iOS device layouts. AirPlay has stayed the same, so has the input and output connections but the A5 single-core chip has been included. Apple has announced that users will be able to purchase 1080p video from iTunes, incorporating Apple’s Genius functionality. The third generation model will retail in Australia at $109.
Predisposed as we are to loving all things that involve curving wood, natural light and minimalism, it is not surprising we fell head over heels in love with this exquisite chapel. It is made with 20 tons of unadorned wood and not a single nail or metal fitting.
It is called Capela Árvore da Vida- Seminário Conciliar de Braga — The Tree of Life Chapel at St. James Seminary in Braga, Portugal.
Built inside the existing seminary, the chapel was designed by architects António Jorge Cerejeira Fontes and André Cerejeira Fontes, with sculptural work by sculptor Asbjörn Andresen.
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Christmas is love in action.
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
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Love, love—they do!
Paul McCartney has been made an honest man once more, as he and longtime girlfriend Nancy Shevell tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in London today at, as promised, the Old Marylebone Town Hall, the very same location at which he wed his first beloved wife, Linda, back in 1969.
So, how'd this trip to the altar match up?...
A NYC jewellery shop is displaying products using a glowing, encompassing installation appropriately modeled after a giant brooch.The shop was created by Marc Fornes, the architect behind the THEVERYMANY name. Using 7000 brushed aluminium parts, Fornes pre-cut the material and assembled it into 28 sculptural modules using thousands of rivets.
The result is a complex system of intertwining tubes, which Fornes says resembles an ‘embroidered brooch.’
Meanwhile, unique lighting reflects on the aluminium structure, creating a golden aura. Designers at Focus Lighting say they imagined Fibulae to be a be a hidden jewel in a forest, glistening in sunlight by day and illuminated by an internal glow by night.
The 167-sq-m shop sells works by Los Angeles-based jewellery designer Irene Neuwirth. Her pieces are displayed in 19 glass cases positioned at the endpoints of Fibulae’s branches.
The installation can be seen until 12 October at 57 Walker St., New York (10013, NY).
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From August 26, 2011 through January 15, 2012
Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Hamburg
Catalogue to accompany the exhibition:
Edited by Sabine Schulze and Ina Grätz
Hardcover, 320 pages
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2011
€29.00 at the exhibition; otherwise €39.80
www.hatjecantz.de The bilingual catalogue on the Frankfurt exhibition is still available:
Der i-Kosmos/The i-cosmos
By Volker Fischer
Hardcover, 112 pages, Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart/London, 2011
€49Only available secondhand:
Apple Design, The Work of the Appel Industrial Design Group
By Paul Kunkel, photos by Rick English
288 pages, Graphis Inc., New York, October 1997